The people who believe that Hurricane Sandy is proof that the world is about to end have had their argument strengthened a great deal last night. That’s because serial goal-dodger Marouane Chamakh was on the scoresheet twice and Theo Walcott, the man who would struggle to finish his dinner let alone a one-on-one managed to bag a hatrick. The crazy scenes came as Arsenal fought back from 4-0 down to beat Reading 7-5 (that’s seven-five) after extra time in the Capital One Cup. It was an incredible win and puts Arsenal through to the quarter-finals as they try to end their eight year wait for a trophy. The Gunners are 7/2 to lift the cup.
Elsewhere there was more late drama as Aston Villa scored a last minute winner to beat Paolo Di Canio’s Swindon 3-2. The Robins had fought back from 2-0 down but Christian Benteke scored in stoppage time to send the Premier League side through. The biggest shock of the night came at the DW Stadium as League Two Bradford knocked out Wigan on penalties. There were also wins for Leeds and Middlesbrough as top flight sides Southampton and Sunderland crashed out.
Tonight Chelsea and Manchester United go at it again after that thrilling 3-2 Premier League game at the weekend. There are likely to be a number of changes from both sides and the blues are 6/5 favourites with United at 2/1. The draw is 13/5.
There are two more all-Premier League cup ties tonight as Liverpool host Swansea at Anfield and Tottenham travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich. Liverpool and Spurs are both red-hot odds-on favourites with the Merseysiders at 1/2 and AVB’s side at 10/11.
The last remaining eight players will battle it out for a place in the winners group today in the Championship League of darts. It’s one of the richest tournaments in the sport with big money available for the victor.
‘The Housewife’s Choice’ Steve Beaton is in action today as well as World Grand Prix winner ‘Mighty’ Michael Van Gerwen and the bad boy of darts, Paul Nicholson.
The darts isn’t broadcast on television but you can see all the tungsten-tossing action streamed live on PPtv
Wrestling legend Jake ‘The Snake’ Robinson is set to make his return to the ring despite being 57-years-old.
He is being trained for his comeback by former WCW Champion Diamond Dallas Page after a career in which many described him as the best wrestler never to win the World Heavyweight Title.
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Racing today comes from Nottingham, Lingfield, Haydock, Kempton and Punchestown.
The Sun newspaper’s top tipster Templegate has his nap of the day running in the 3.55pm at Haydock
‘Semi Colon can put a full stop to the bookies profits in this race. Things didn’t go to plan for her over fences last season and she looks much more at home over hurdles. She tends to run her best race fresh and a repeat of her close second at Cheltenham last November should be good enough for in-form Nicky Henderson’.